There is a pretty amazing story about how this senior portrait session came to be.

Emmye’s mom, Denise, had the initial idea for a piano in a field. Emmye caught the vision and spent a good amount of time figuring out how to pull it off — finding a piano, choosing the perfect field, deciding on hair and outfits (right down to the last-minute decision of shoes well-worn from dancing).

Her dad was so impressed with Emmye’s perseverance that he did all of the heavy lifting. And then God provided this glorious sunset after we sat in the car and waited out the rain.

I just carried the camera (which happened to be my first time using a Canon because my Nikon was in the shop). It still amazes me to think that this really happened, and that the images convey a story bigger than one I can tell in words.

I am fully convinced it is because God wanted to show a glimpse of His grace and sovereignty in the life of this incredible young woman.

Here are the first words that come to mind when I think about this amazing young woman who has become such a special part of my life:

Grace. Poise. Beauty that can’t be contained.

Quiet strength. Simple trust. Wisdom beyond her years.

Writer. Photographer. Dancer.


A woman after God’s own heart.

And she has a true servant’s heart, too, which I experienced firsthand when she was a second shooter with me for a wedding I shot this past August. Not only did she anticipate my every need, she took some breathtaking photos herself.

And, when I needed it most, she prayed for me! 

I’ll share more of the incredible way God has worked in Emmye’s life — from the very day she was born — in a future blog post about her family.

Oh, and in the meantime, since I am pretty sure you wondering exactly how we got that piano into a field, here is Emmye’s answer:

“If I told you that it only had to be carried about 20 yards, and that all the insides were taken out of the piano, and that I have an amazing father, it might ruin the magic. So I won’t say a word.”

“The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” —Zephaniah 3:17

To see Emmye’s own incredible photos and beautiful writing, and a little back story of why the sheet music for Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” ended up on her piano for this shoot, you can visit her blog, http://walkingunveiled.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/mountains-keyboards-and-liquid-sunshine/.


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